Over the past 5 years, the Desert Hearts family has found itself at the center of a dusty movement, fostering intimate experiences of sonic joy and unbounded love across the globe. The globetrotting party brigade will be hosting a day and night of programming on Icarus over MLUSA weekend. We hit up the ragtag crew of dreamers to find out more about the collective’s ethos and how they got their start.
1. Describe Desert Hearts in 5 words. House, Techno, Love, and Family.
2. What’s the best part about being in the Desert Hearts family? The best part about Desert Hearts is the people that our message attracts. The entire purpose of our Desert Hearts and City Hearts parties is to spread as much love and positive energy in the world as humanly possible. The kind of people that are down with our intention are the most beautiful people inside and out that we’ve ever met. We can’t tell you the amount of times someone has told us that the DH Family changed their life. It’s become something so much bigger than us and we appreciate every moment we get to spread love across the world.
3. You guys fell into each other’s lives skating and surfing around the beaches of San Diego. Does the city inspire your creative output in any way, and if so, how? San Diego will forever be home to us. There’s something about the vibe of the city that continually inspires us to make this world a better place. We all grew up together surfing, skateboarding, or professional BMXing in the case of Lee Reynolds. San Diego is one of the action sports meccas of the world but it isn’t exactly the top city for nightlife. At the same time it’s that lack of nightlife that forced us to venture out to the middle of nowhere and throw the first Desert Hearts party. It’s been wonderful to see the house & techno scene in San Diego grow so much in the last 5 years. The scene may still be small compared to LA & NYC, but it is tight as fuck!
4. You’ve criss-crossed North America with your City Hearts party series, lighting up dance floors from Mexico City, to New York and Toronto. What was one of the craziest things that ever happened on one of your stops? Haha where do we start? One of the gnarliest was our very first trip to the East Coast. We had a two stop weekend going from Washington DC to Brooklyn and we rented a van to transport all of the tour production. We were all really excited for our first East Coast trip so we were partying super hard in DC and decided to go for a nice stroll of the National Mall at sunrise. After about 2 hours of touring the monuments blitzed off our faces, we realized we lost the keys to the van somewhere on the biggest lawn of all time. All of our production equipment was locked inside and we had no way of getting to Brooklyn. Luckily a lovely woman from the 5K Cancer Walk happening that morning found the keys and turned them into the Lost & Found. We made it to BK just in time and learned our lesson to never let anyone named Kristoff hold the keys again.
5. Can you share one thing you want the crowd to take away from your party at the end of the night? It’s all about the vibe at our parties. We strive to create the ultimate love everywhere we go and that starts with the audience having open minds and open hearts. We want people to get as freaky and weird with us as possible. Once our party is over we hope the crowd takes our love and shares it everywhere they go.
If you’re in New York City this weekend, catch the Desert Hearts crew on the Brooklyn stop of their City Hearts tour this Saturday, March 4th. Can’t make it? They’ll be taking over the @Mysteryland_USA Instagram Story from 12:00PM EST – ???